After an agonizingly long layoff, the public clamoring for the return of Pop Flies and Grounders paid off! Ack and Kiz return with the 62nd installment in the series and discuss all the things that happened since they last convened. The Nats winning the World Series, the Astros scandal, and most importantly…an active Hot Stove Season! The Hall of Famer and original Pudge, Carlton Fisk, is today’s Baseball Reference Page of the Day. Hooray Sports!
The trade deadline has passed and there are no more deals to be made. Ack and Kiz are back to talk about every deadline move: who was involved, how it affects the playoff picture, how it changes a team’s future. A quick foray into Baseball Aesthetics brings up the many throwbacks of the last couple weeks and Baseball Reference Page of the Day covers Doyle Alexander. Go Bullets and Hooray Sports!
Live from the road in Kiz’s car, he and Ack are back with episode 58 talking about the disastrous New York Mets and the most important day of a lost Orioles season. After they get through the teams in disarray, they move onto some good things in baseball: the Yankees, Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, and Christian Yelich. After giving a shoutout to former D3 star Tim Locastro and Max Scherzer’s gutsy performance, they give their best to Big Papi and briefly discuss their thoughts on the DH rule. As always, Baseball Reference Page of the Day closes out the show, this time featuring Zack Greinke. Hooray Sports!
Ack and Kiz have talked about the surprise teams, and the interesting teams, now it’s time to talk about the teams that are just good and were supposed to be good (even if they’ve taken an unexpected route to this point). The Mets are a dumpster fire, the Yankees and Astros are awesome, Later, the guys talk about Carter Stewart going to the NPB, throwbacks in Baseball Aesthetics, and an impromptu trust the process. Baseball Reference Page of the Day examines the career of David Weathers. Hooray Sports!
Ack and Kiz welcome on writer Joe Rivera from The Sporting News and hit on a multitude of subjects from the most interesting teams in the early season to this year’s crop of rookies. After discussing Indy ball and getting romantic about baseball, the guys hear some of Joe’s Mantle Moments and get schooled on Star Wars. Joe gives a shoutout to his youth in Baseball Reference Page of the Day by choosing the most underrated member of the 90s/2000s Yankees, Bernie Williams. Hooray Sports!
Mike Trout and the Seattle Mariners (?!?) are really good. Chris Davis and a bunch of bullpens are really bad. Ack and Kiz discuss who should press the panic button, who’s trending up and trending down, and some baseball aesthetics. Curtis Granderson finishes things off in Baseball Reference Page of the Day. Hooray Sports!
Where is Machado going? Where is Harper going? Somehow, someway, these questions have not been answered yet and the state of at least 4 or 5 teams rests on the decision of both players. Ack and Kiz look at the offseason of the Yankees, the NL East and, yes, where are Harper and Machado going. Baseball Reference Page of the Day focuses on the great and injury prone career of Troy Tulowitzki. Hooray Sports
On the Christmas episode of PFG Ack and Kiz tell the story of their baseball gift exchanges before getting into the moves that have been igniting the Hot Stove over the last week. In a new segment, the guys do one short term bet and one long term bet on Manny Machado and the Cincinnati Reds. Baseball Reference Page of the Day finishes things off with Andrew McCutchen. Hooray Sports!